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The OPB internship program is intended to provide students with the opportunity to observe and to participate in the daily activities of a broadcast center as well as develop strong organizational and management skills.

Academic Requirements

The intern must be currently enrolled in a college-level academic course or program. Documentation that the student is receiving academic credit for the internship must be provided.

Time Commitment

The intern must be available for a minimum of 12 hours per week to participate in the internship program. A time commitment of at least 20 hours per week results in the most effective internship; however, needs may vary by department.

Each intern is required to keep a daily record of hours worked via OPB's electronic sign in system. Coverage under OPB's insurance policy is contingent upon the daily completion of a time sheet.


No applicant or intern will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or any other basis which is prohibited by applicable Federal, State or City law.

All internships are unpaid positions (with the exception of the Maynard E. Orme Internship and the Jon R. Tuttle Journalism and Production Minority Internship) In order to assure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act:

  • The internship will be similar to the training which would be given at an educational institution.
  • An intern may compete for employment openings at OPB; however, an intern will not be automatically entitled to employment with OPB upon completion of the internship.

Starting and ending dates will be specified in advance for each internship. Internships are to last no longer than two quarters or two semesters.

OPB reserves the right to terminate any internship at any time for any cause.

Each intern must sign and submit to OPB the Internship Application, which states that the intern understands the guidelines of the OPB Internship Program and agrees to abide by them.

Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals who are not currently enrolled in academic programs. If you're interested in an educational volunteer opportunity, feel free to complete the application package.


Prospective interns should direct their applications to OPB Volunteer Resources. The application will be routed to the appropriate department for review. The applicant will be contacted for an interview if the applicant is eligible and if an intern position is available. If not, the application will be kept on file so the applicant may be notified of the next available opening.

OPB typically selects between 2 and 6 interns per term. These selections are based on shifting organization needs, resources available, supervisors available and department priorities. Application packets that are complete will be shared with the supervisors shortly after the deadline and then each staff member will determine who they would like to contact about a placement. This process can be lengthy and you may not hear from us unless you are being offered an interview.

Required Application Materials
  • Cover letter
  • OPB application - either Content Creation or Business/Operational
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of two). Letters of recommendation may arrive separately from the application packet via post or e-mail.
  • Recent academic transcript

Internship terms begin in September, January, March and June. Applicants should apply by the 1st of the month prior to the term start date. Applications must arrive by Aug. 1st, Dec. 1st, Feb. 1st, May 1st.

Please submit all materials single-sided, with no staples. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


OPB - Internships
7140 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97219

Fax 503.293.4165